Pastrami Do at Katz 8/16?

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  1. BurBunny
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    Long a Carnegie Deli girl, I've been persuaded by you all that I really should try Katz for pastrami instead.

    As I'm in NY prior to heading out to South Africa, thought I'd see if any MPers might want to get together for a Deli Lunch Do on Monday, 8/16? Persuade me the error of my Carnegie ways?
     
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    I have a trade show, otherwise I'd join you. Now I'm hungry. Ask the counterman for a taste before you order. Oh, and forget tipping the guy for making your sandwich. You'll get more than enough food, and you won't leave hungry. ;)
    FYI, the sandwiches aren't as big as Carnegie, but don't worry, you won't leave hungry. :D

    Order your sandwich upfront. Drinks and fries in the back. And for goodness sakes, don't use waiter/waitress service.

    They'll hand you a ticket as you enter. Don't lose it.
     
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    I wish I could be there. Frankly I like them both, but Katz is worth the trek if you have the time IMO.
     
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    When they're especially busy, the most well-known cutter knows me, knows that I tip, and I don't wait in line... ;)
     
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    Nice idea. Mark me as a 'likely.' I'd take a trip downtown for a good sandwich.
     
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    Gary, that means you'll join me, right? Show me the ropes?

    One "likely" - got it! It is a ways down there, I understand. But as this trip I'm staying in Chelsea/Flower District, it made sense for my deli fix. We've got some good deli in Denver (in fact my favorite brings in his meat from Carnegie), but no Deli.
     
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    Sadly can't make it over to NY on 8/16 :(
     
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    Too bad! Oh well, I'll meet you in DEN on 9/10 :)
     
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    Live not far from Katz... very good, but IMHO there are other places I would try if I just drop by from out of town. Well, either way, shoot me a PM when you arrive, I would jump for a sandwich...
     
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    Maybe this is ok for bigshot Washington types, but no self-respecting New Yorker (that I know) tips. :p
     
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    Fair enough :p
     
  12. Analise
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    Katz's is the best. Make sure to ask for pickles from the sandwich carver--both new and sour pickles. Enjoy the pastrami!
     
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    Oooh, pickles! Since it'll be a couple days after this before I fly, I can do that!

    Now what's the difference between new and sour? I only know "kosher." Grandma, then mom, used to make them, but I've never heard them differentiated between new and sour.
     
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    Sour tend to have been pickled longer. They have a stronger tang. Newer also can be a little crunchier. Like the pastrami, ask for a taste of both types and then pick which you like or if you like them both, ask for both. Enjoy.
     
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    Ah, okay, now I know what you're talking about. All depends on how sour. Now as to the pastrami, I'm guessing fatty or lean?
     
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    FATTY!
     
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    This proves the point that we all know. Get 10 Jews in a room and get 11 opinions. ;):D
     
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    A new pickle isn't worth the trouble. However what you folks are calling "sour," we always called "old."

    Sorry to miss 8/16, will be there at the end of the month. Gonna spend one day at some minor tennis tournament, but definitely up for a deli lunch on the other day. Am currently boycotting the Carnegie for obscure personal reasons, however.
     
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    Eeek, just realized I typed 8/16 - which is Tuesday, of course. I really did mean Monday, 8/15.

    That sounds interesting.
     
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    And 90 different political parties!
     
  22. Analise
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    Let me assume, you don't eat pastrami everyday and if you're going to have the best, I recommend you do so the right way. Avoid the "Lean". First, it's more expensive. Second, you lose some of the flavor. This is pastrami, not lean cuisine.

    Whenever we go to Katz's (which we consider a treat so we don't go often), we get the regular pastrami. What I do is just remove the fat from the outer edges. It's easy enough to do and believe me, you'll have PLENTY of pastrami on your plate so you won't be starving yourself. :)

    That depends on what you like. This is why you ask the carver for a sample of both the sour and the new so you can decide for yourself which you like, if not both. Everybody's brine is different; this is why sampling is not only great but necessary!

    I'm a native New Yorker, not a Californian so maybe out west, tasting a pickle is somehow considered "trouble". :p Sour is a different flavor; but maybe to those out west, anything veering away from the cucumber is "old"! :D When you've got the best in the lower east side, I've seen even avacado-and-bean-sprout-obsessed Californians give the thumbs up to New York pickles. Mmmmmmmmmm
     
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    Any photo's of the pastrami get together at Katz's? Or any pastrami pic's?
     
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    You mean you don't have a picture burned in your memory?? ;)
     
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    Ironically the pic of the mountain of pastrami I took during our visit I accidentally deleted from my camera :oops: though luckily yes, it is seared into my culinary memory bank. Just wanting to see how the event at this landmark went or whether anyone had taken any photo's.
     

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